Though the Chicago White Sox lost to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, August 26th, White Sox pitcher Chris Sale’s proved his dominance on the field, delivering seven scoreless innings without a whole lot of support from his team.
According to ESPN.com, “The beauty of Sale is that he still knows enough tricks of the trade to not only get by without his best stuff, but also to hold an opponent scoreless into the late innings,” (Chris Sale Finds a Way, But White Sox Can’t). Sale entered Wednesday’s game coming off a 15-strikeout game on August 16th against the Cubs, followed by a 14 strikeout game against Seattle. Though the Red Sox would not give left-handed Sale the ability to become the second pitcher in the MLB’s modern era to strike out in 14 consecutive games, Sale kept his team afloat, delivering a great game.
Though Sale did have a bit of trouble with his fastball for the Red Sox’s right-handed hitters, he was able to adapt throughout the game. After the game, Sale stated:
“I was throwing a lot of pitches; they were spitting on some good ones. But I wasn’t really helping myself out. The arm-side fastball kind of got away from me a little big. I made some in-game adjustments. We talked in between innings to get that a little bit tighter,” (Chris Sale Finds a Way, But White Sox Can’t).
As we know, team communication plays a huge role in the outcome of a game. So though Sale was very vocal about switching up his pitching style, the White Sox as a whole must work on ways to communicate more effectively.
Overall, a round of applause for the way Sale has been pitching lately, but the lack of team effort definitely needs to be worked on amongst the White Sox.